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The Weather Channel----- what improvements/changes would you make?

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by dubber deux, Apr 24, 2010.

  1. dubber deux

    dubber deux Icon

    Mar 7, 2009
    I'm not saying that TWC should go back to being exactly the same as they were back in the 80s...But they should reconnect with the elements that made them stand out and yes some of that was a bit of quirkiness and geekiness...the variation of elements used back then worked really well because they didn't keep repeating the same stuff during the forecasts over and over and over again like they tend to do now.

    I really was glad to see that the best elements of TWC are still there..when they want to use them...they did amazing coverage of the Tornado Outbreak (Saturday) and while they please me with plenty of meterological aspects, at the same time the ydid a very good job of integrating it into the general forecast so that the coverage would appeal to just about everyone watching... I was sorry to see them leave live air at midnight when severe activity was still occuring though. I'd like to see them "hire" some of those really cheap grad students for the overnight slots!!!! I bet they'd work for minimum wage!
  2. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

    Nov 13, 2006
    Fort Pierce, FL
    It comes down to money intake from commercials. When your core audience is 60+ and the hit and run 60- viewer, there is no base for commercials other than Depends and new drugs for constipation.
    History, Food, Travel, and the worst offenders MTV and VH1 went through the same process. They depend on revenue from advertising and the viewer base, not from the entertainment providers.
    Unfortunately, just core basic economics.
  3. dubber deux

    dubber deux Icon

    Mar 7, 2009

    But the problem is that they are killing the goose that laid the golden egg by this process...It is pretty well known that MTV VH1 and others are suffering because the audience is leaving in droves..and eventually if no one is watching the advertisers will surely follow.
  4. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    Turned it on just now to see how the Florida is doing with the storm getting there (My dad lives in Ocala), and just saw two commercials for Ensure and American Express. Pretty funny.

    Im one of those that used to watch MTV at least 4 hours a day or more, but haven't turned it on once since they quit showing music videos.
  5. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    I checked this thread out just because I'm curious. I'm 60+ but not comatose yet. I get my weather information by going outside or from NOAH's Eureka California National Weather Forecast Office web site where I monitor the weather advisories when there are any.

    Maybe it's just me, but discussing the weather 95% of the time isn't very interesting. That 5% is, but every channel has some clown standing outside getting wet and blown, slipping on icy snow, or interviewing somebody who saw/was in the tornado. Seen one on TV, you've seen them all.:sure:
  6. tsmacro

    tsmacro Hall Of Fame

    Apr 28, 2005
    I don't really care what they do on The Weather Channel anymore. I stopped tuning in when I tried watching them and they were showing stuff other than weather. This only had to happen a handful of times before I realized that I should be tuning into one of my local sub-channels or the internet if I really wanted weather info. They pretty much drove me away from their channel by not providing the service I came to expect from them. I guess I do check their website from time to time though, but on my tv they've become channel non-grata.
  7. paulman182

    paulman182 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 4, 2006
    I wish they didn't show the movies, although I think weather-related shows are OK, even though I don't watch them.

    As long as I get locals on the 8s and local weather anytime by pushing the red button, I'm pretty much OK.
  8. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    I've used their website when I needed the hour by hour estimate of weather. Trying to figure out if the weather will clear up and by when or when the weather will get worse and end an outdoor project - but I don't check daily. My life doesn't revolve around the weather.

    I prefer weather.gov - NOAA's site. A bit cluttered in some respects but a good site.
  9. trainman

    trainman Hall Of Fame

    Jan 9, 2008
    Uma Thurman in a latex suit raises my temperature.

    (But I think the real answer for how it ended up on TWC is that the villain has a weather-controlling device. Clearly, their movie selections are the work of an intern combing IMDB for keywords related to weather.)
  10. garn9173

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    Apr 4, 2005
    The problem that I have with cable TV as a whole is that to appeal to the largest number of viewers possible, most if not all networks have abanoned (sp) their niche in order to get the most viewers possible.

    CMT - Most of the day (except 5 hours in the morning when they do air videos) is more general entertainment than country music programming and we all know what Viacom has done to their other cable networks :rolleyes:.

    TV Land - More and more reality shows and general enterinament program from the late 90's and early 2000's.

    Weather Channel - movies, documentaries

    History Channel - more and more reality shows.

    TLC - Anyone remember when TLC stood for The Learning Channel?

    Yes, I know that Ice Road Truckers might be one of the biggest rating making shows in the history of The History Channel, but does it really belong on The History Channel?

    There's just nothing on anymore that makes a particular network stand out. The NBC owned networks could be renamed to the Law & Order networks - all Law & Order, all the time. Same with the CSI brand, so many networks air the CSI brand name for multiple hours a day.

    IMO, the only true niche channels that remain are DIY, HGTV, Food Network, Nat Geo, and The Military Channel. I guess you could probably say that Comedy Central has remained true to it's orginal purpose and the same could probably be said about Lifetime as well, but i'm not a big watcher of Lifetime so I really don't know ;)

    To be honest, if not for sports, I could probably do without cable :eek:
  11. billsharpe

    billsharpe Hall Of Fame

    Jan 25, 2007
    If you think trying to get any weather on TWC on the weekends is tough, just try to get any news on MSNBC on the weekends. :rolleyes:

    OK, now waiting for the Fox News junkies to ask "just on the weekends?"
  12. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    It is all of them. CNN has the edge overnight because they can put on the CNN International feed when there is a story more important than the rerun shows. But ALL of the news channels have gone to "business hours" instead of 24/7.

    And then there are the networks that go ShamWow or other infomercials overnight. I'd prefer reruns to that!
  13. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    Thank you... That was it! The Avengers... and apparently only because the villain in that movie had some kind of weather-control device.
  14. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

    Nov 13, 2006
    Fort Pierce, FL
    I generalize of course living in the state, where people come to die.;)
  15. dubber deux

    dubber deux Icon

    Mar 7, 2009
    Was watching TWC last night 4/30 during the tornado outbreak in Arkansas and TN...They were having EXCELLENT coverage until they just stopped the live broadcast at about 10:30 pm edt right at the height of the outbreak and went to .....you guessed it a movie! How stupid!!!!!!!

    Now currently watching live coverage on Sat May 1....at 10:40 pm edt....once again excellent coverage!!! So in essensce they need to ****ecan the fluff and movies during severe weather until it is over!!!!!!

  16. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    I never watch TWC.

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